Directors' Download: Culture - Setting the Tone from the Top

Mon 12 Nov 2018
5.30pm to 7.00pm

(Arrival time: 5.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


AICD SA Business Centre and Members Lounge
Level 23, Westpac House
91 King William Street
Adelaide SA


Single Members: A$25.00 Non-members: A$35.00

Rhonda Brighton-Hall MAICD

Chair, Australian Human Resources Institute

A former HR Leader and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, Rhonda is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources, specialising in culture, leadership, talent, workplace, diversity and the future of work. With over 30 years of HR experience, Rhonda’s career has spanned four large multi-nationals – BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA, living and working in Europe, Asia and the USA. She was the primary architect of both CBA and Luxottica’s award-winning global leadership programs. She is renowned for her great depth of thinking on leadership and diversity and inclusion, and her strong commitment to excellent execution that sticks.

Rhonda is the Chair of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) National Inclusion and Diversity Reference Panel and sits on the WGEA Strategy Roundtable. She is a Certified Practitioner and Fellow of AHRI, and a Member of AICD.

Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Organisational Psychology and IR, a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology, and a Diploma of Strategic HR.

Dr Melinda Muth FAICD

Dr Melinda Muth FAICD


Melinda is an educator and consultant who specialises in personal and team effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She is a facilitator and guest speaker in a variety of executive education programs in Australia, and has worked in Asia and the USA. She is a Director of Streamwise Learning and its Institute of Food and Grocery Management. She serves as a Facilitator, Faculty Adviser and is a Fellow of AICD as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at UNSW. She has previously held a number of senior executive roles including National Director of Business Development and Marketing for Deloitte.

Melinda's board experience includes current roles as Chair of CuriousWorks, Director of HCA Philanthropy and Director of PTTR (Paint the Town REaD, an early childhood literacy organisation). She has previously held director roles with HeartKids NSW, the Quest Foundation, the Union University & Schools Club and Indigenous Community Volunteers where she was Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee. She is a member of the Academy of Management, the Australian Human Resource Institute and the Harvard Club of Australia.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Design, magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a PhD from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) for research in the field of corporate governance. Her doctoral thesis focused on the dimensions of board structure and director networks that impact firm performance.

AICD has recently published Melinda’s book, co-authored with Bob Selden, entitled: Setting the Tone From the Top –how director conversations shape company culture.

Creating an effective board culture is the key to creating a strong organisation that can be resilient enough to withstand and survive hard times.

Get information and expert opinions on topical, current issues facing today's Director.

The subject of company culture has become an important agenda item for many boards - it is critical to the success of an organisation. The traditional view that if ‘directors and the company acted in the interests of shareholders, that would be enough’, has shifted. The evolution of attitudes in the community about the conduct of companies and their boards has heightened expectations of the role directors play in shaping culture.

With this current climate in mind, join our experienced topic experts Melinda Muth FAICD, co-author of Setting the Tone from the Top and Rhonda Brighton-Hall MAICD, Australian Human Resources Institute as they discuss strategies for conversing effectively with each other and executives, how to set the tone from the board level and exactly what is an effective culture.

This will be an interactive session offering members the opportunity to network, ask questions and share experiences.

Please note: The Download Series of events are conducted as stand up networking style sessions. Limited seating available.

Major Annual Sponsor

University of South Australia

Contact details

Katherine Masters
Event Coordinator
T. 08 8236 2800